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Earnest Byner
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Former Pro Bowl running back Earnest Byner enters his second season with the Titans and 26th in the NFL.
 
In his first campaign leading the Titans runners, Byner oversaw a group that produced eye-popping overall numbers and great individual performances. Rookie Chris Johnson rushed for a team-leading 1,228 yards (4.9 yards per carry), four 100-yard performances and registered 10 total touchdowns while earning Pro Bowl honors and All-Rookie accolades. LenDale White ranked third in the NFL with 15 rushing touchdowns - a season total that ranked second in franchise history. As a tandem, they totaled 2,001 rushing yards, 24 touchdowns, a franchise best 332 rushing yards against Kansas City and two games where both Johnson and White recorded 100 rushing yards.

Former Pro Bowl running back Earnest Byner enters his second season with the Titans and 26th in the NFL.
 
In his first campaign leading the Titans runners, Byner oversaw a group that produced eye-popping overall numbers and great individual performances. Rookie Chris Johnson rushed for a team-leading 1,228 yards (4.9 yards per carry), four 100-yard performances and registered 10 total touchdowns while earning Pro Bowl honors and All-Rookie accolades. LenDale White ranked third in the NFL with 15 rushing touchdowns - a season total that ranked second in franchise history. As a tandem, they totaled 2,001 rushing yards, 24 touchdowns, a franchise best 332 rushing yards against Kansas City and two games where both Johnson and White recorded 100 rushing yards.
 
Byner joined the Titans after four seasons with the Washington Redskins (2004-07) as running backs coach. In each of the four years in Washington, a Redskin running back registered at least 1,100 rushing yards. Pro Bowl running back Clinton Portis tallied 4,616 rushing yards and 34 touchdowns during Byner's tenure with the team. He also was able to groom Ladell Betts, who filled in for an injured Portis in 2006 and gained 770 yards in the final six games of the season, the most ever by a Redskin over a six-game span in a single season.
 
Byner has 25 years of NFL experience as a player, coach and front office executive. He was originally a 10th round selection in the 1984 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. He played for the Browns (1984-88, 94-95), Redskins (1989-93) and Baltimore Ravens (1996-97) during a 14-year career and finished with 8,261 career rushing yards, 56 touchdowns and two Pro Bowls (1990, 1991). At the time of his retirement, his career yardage total ranked 16th in NFL history. After leaving the game as a player, he joined the Ravens front office in 1998 as the team's director of player development, also aiding the personnel and coaching departments. He left Baltimore in 2004 to join the Redskins as their running back coach.
 
During his career, Byner earned a number of honors, including being named one of the 70 all-time greatest Redskins in 2002, induction into the Ravens Ring of Honor, the Ed Block Courage Award in 1986, the 1996 NFL Extra Effort Award, the NFLPA Unsung Hero Award in 1997 and the Ravens Man of the Year Award in 1997. 
 
A native of Milledgeville, Ga., Byner (9/15/62) rushed for 2,049 yards and 11 touchdowns at East Carolina, is a member of the school's Sports Hall of Fame and graduated with a degree in exercise science. Byner and his wife, Tina, have four daughters: Semeria, Adriana Monique, Brandi and Kyara.

Earnest Byner Coaching Ledger
2008-09:  Running Backs, Tennessee Titans
2004-07: Running Backs, Washington Redskins

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